Chemosh כמושׁ
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I. Name

The divine name Chemosh has the phonological forms ‘kam(m)iṯ’ and ‘kam(m)uṯ’—the first one being attested in Eblaitic dKa-mi/mɩ́-iš, in the geographical name Karkamiš ‘quay of Kamiš’, and in כמישׁJer. 48.7 (Müller 1980), the other one in a couple of Semitic languages like Neo-Assyrian, Moabite, and perhaps in Ugaritic. The duplication of consonants would neither be indicated in Eblaitic cuneiform script nor in Ugaritic and Moabite. Both forms, qattil (parris) as a substantival pa…

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H.-P. Müller, “Chemosh כמושׁ”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>

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